Breaking News: Racing next Saturday Night September 20th (All Classes will Qualify)
Saturday night’s racing at Spoon River Speedway was outstanding from start to finish, despite a smaller-than-normal field, and in the end the drivers in Husqvarna Victory Lane after each division’s feature were guys who’d been there several times before.
Allen Weisser won his division-leading 7th feature of the year in the Perkins Seed House Modified Division, controlling the race from the high side of the speedway and holding off a late charge from Matt Goulden – in his last race – for the win.
Earlier in the night, Goulden surprised the crowd, crew, and fellow drivers with the announcement that this would be his last night of racing as he was retiring and “selling the whole operation”. The quiet, classy young veteran driver said it hit him and he got “a little emotional” during the announcement at intermission.
In the first 16 years of the UMP Modified Fall Nationals at Spoon River Speedway, three drivers (Scott May, Jimmy Hibser, and Gary Cook, Jr.) combined to win 10 of those. But in the seven most recent events, seven different drivers each won their first Fall Nationals Championship.
Michigan’s Jacob Poel increased that streak to eight, holding off four previous champions to put his name on the list of big-name UMP Modified drivers who have won the Spoon River Speedway Fall Nationals, one of the preeminent Modified races in the country.
But it wasn’t easy, as Poel survived a wild, hotly contested race that saw four different cars lead at one point, and five lead changes overall in the 50-lap race, a testament to a perfectly prepared race track that allowed for multiple effective grooves for the drivers to choose from.
Lewistown, IL - Jan. 11 2014 - Spoon River Speedway has announced the following fan information regarding their 2014 Racing Season. Updated will be available here at the new